January 14, 2013

Venice, Italy. October, 2012

Where to look in the Basilica di San Marco? Look up and you’ll see the golden mosaics on the walls and ceiling that told the stories of the saints in pictures for those early worshippers who could not read. (They also trumpeted the glory and riches of the Church to those who might have doubted its power and majesty. Ahem.) Look down and you might see this: equally intricate mosaics on the floor, fashioned from so many colors of marble the eye dazzles. (And even after the generous breakfast we’d just had at our wonderful Giudecca B&B, I must confess that those little black-and-white squares made me think of my friend Nick’s checkerboard cookies.)

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